Eileen R. Tabios is a poet working in multiple genres and in-between. She also loves books by writing, reading, publishing, critiquing, romancing and advocating for them. This blog will feature her bibliophilic activities with posts on current book engagements and links to her books and projects related to books.

Saturday, March 17, 2018


Deep gratitude to poet-visual artist Sacha Archer for asking, and then creating a gorgeously elegant object that is my chap, TANKA, VOL. I. It just came out from Simulacrum Press in Ontario. 

The chapbook includes my first tanka in the traditional form but, within 34 tankas, applies what my publisher calls "increasingly stylized experiments" for a "reconfiguration" of this ancient, classical form.

This is the first tanka I ever wrote:

Last night my white cat
Approached with whiskers drooping
Signs are increasing
The world around me ages
I shiver in its cold wake

When you compare that traditional tanka with the sample tanka on my publisher’s bookpage, I hope you’ll be interested in how I radically reconfigured the form within 34 tankas with the help of the MDR Poetry Generator and Heidegger’s philosophical strategy, “sous rapture.”

I hope some of you check it out (and, in the process, support an independent publisher).


My brain is absolutely smashed —though deliriously (as in happily) so — from editing HAY(NA)KU 15. I just sent the manuscript's first cut to the book designer. For this project, I looked over 76 poets in English, with some also translated into 7 languages: Filipino, Finnish, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish. Then an all-Spanish section involving 36 English-language poets translated into Spanish by 12 translators originally through the Poetry and Translation Seminar at UNAM in Mexico. Must now look for cover image. It's all ... g.o.o.d.

I am looking forward to adding a fourth book to this list of hay(na)ku anthologies!

Friday, March 16, 2018


Roxanne Barbour has invented a new hay(na)ku variation: sci(na)ku tanka. Some are forthcoming in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association's journal, Star*Line. For this form, add a speculative element and the word-per-line count is


A reverse sci(na)ku tanka would be


Go, World!

See all (or most as I don't know if I'm keeping up) of the hay(na)ku variations at https://eileenrtabios.com/haynaku/haynaku-variations/  Meanwhile, there are also visual manifestations, like this painting by poet-painter Thomas Fink:

Thursday, March 15, 2018


There are several layers to the hay(na)lku's quince celebration this year, including an anthology, exhibits, and a Sept. 8 readings/performance/eating/book launch. More info at HERE

Meanwhile, I'd like to share the poets whose hay(na)ku will be exhibited this summer at SFPL's 3rd Floor, Kresge Foundation International Center. Their poems will comprise the "Words With A View" exhibit, so named as their poems will look over the views in an internal rotunda. My gratitude to these poets for their interest in the hay(na)ku (choices were made with a bias for poets located in the Bay Area for obvious reasons):

William Allegrezza
Gabriela Pascual Bautista
Tom Beckett
Charles Bernstein
Paul Cassinetto
Melinda Luisa De Jesus
Carol Dorf
Peg Duthie
Vince Gotera
Crag Hill
Kathleen A. Lawrence
Lani T. Montreal
Cesar Polvorosa, Jr.
Zvi A. Sesling
S. Shaw
Eileen R. Tabios
Glynda “G.T.” Velasco
Jean Vengua
Mark Young

As ever, I'm grateful to Librarian Abraham Ignacio (among others) for facilitating this exhibit! Maraming Salamat!

Here's a sort of view of the rotunda. Here you can see pillars where poems will be exhibited...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


"Tabios' concern for our world is global in its reach and this is a book that is very much of our time."-Contemporary Literary Review India

What a lovely surprise in the mail: my first review in India ... of my first French-published book. Contemporary Literary Review India reviews LOVE IN A TIME OF BELLIGERENCE! Hopefully I'll get permission to reprint it online but until then here are images (reflecting how the review focused on my series, "The Ashbery Riff-Offs") ...

(click on images to enlarge)

Thanks to reviewer Neal Leadbeater and CLRI Editor-in-Chief Khursid Alam.


I was asked to provide a Manifesto, so I wrote one as Flash Fiction. Coz that's what a Poet does. The result is

Have at it!


I don't have illustrations for this post. So how about some of my kittens Tarzan and Addie?

Monday, March 12, 2018



Eileen Tabios, Chris Santiago, Jason Magabo Perez and Barbara Jane Reyes
sponsored by Philippine American Writers & Artists (PAWA)
6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2018
447 Sutter Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
The event is free, open to the public, and include refreshments.

About Barbara Jane Reyes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04zrykq
About Jason Magabo Perez: http://www.jasonmagaboperez.com

About Me: I'll be at the event's hors d'oeuvres table. Yes, there'll be refreshments -- join Moi!

(RSVP optional but it'd be great if you do so the food planners can, um, plan.  Which means the more who say Yes, the more I can eat :)  RSVP through Facebook.)